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ERIC Number: EJ1004150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Epistemic Views of the Relationship between Physics and Mathematics: Its Influence on the Approach of Undergraduate Students to Problem Solving
Pereira de Ataide, Ana Raquel; Greca, Ileana Maria
Science & Education, v22 n6 p1405-1421 Jun 2013
The relationship between physics and mathematics is hardly ever presented with sufficient clarity to satisfy either physicists or mathematicians. It is a situation that often leads to misunderstandings that may spread quickly from teacher to student, such as the idea that mathematics is a mere instrument for the physicist. In this paper, we examine the historical construction of this relationship, with reference to the French philosopher Michel Paty, and we look briefly at its presence in the construction of thermodynamics. We then present the results of an empirical study on the way these relations are perceived among undergraduate students, in their last year of a university course on physics, in the discipline of Thermodynamics. The study points to significant relations between the students' performance in terms of problem solving and the epistemic view they hold.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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